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Thoughts from Kelln

Throwaway Society

Posted on June 26, 2013

We live in a throwaway society.  Dang neart everything we use is designed to be chunked, possibly recycled, and more importantly, replaced with the newest version.   Cell phones–Who has a cell phone older than 5 years?  Nobody has one that gets as good of a signal as a bag phone.  Of course, these smart-ass phones do more, but don’t do the ORIGINAL job of being a phone as good as the bag phones.  Okay,

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Home Alone

Posted on June 25, 2013

     Duke is on a bus headed to Dallas tonight.  He and 20-some other kids from Shattuck will then fly to Orlando, FL for the national TSA contest. Tammy, Kela and Tammy’s mother are already in Orlando waiting on this crew and the Arnett TSA kids to get there.  Tammy has two nieces from Arnett that qualified.  All of this means that I am stuck at home…alone.  They will be home next month.  

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     Made it to Norman on Friday night to do what I like to do.  Look at good stock, have a beverage or 12, eat a good steak and hang out with the cool kids.  Throw in a bunch of tornasty refugee dogs at the fairgrounds, and well, if only we would have had a dog whistle during the sale.  That might have been fun.  Anyways, we had fun.  Saturday brought a good sale.

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Too many irons…

Posted on June 21, 2013

     I’ve got a lot to say, but I do not have the time to do it. This is a result of too many irons in the fire.  As I reflect upon my teaching career, I did my best work when irons were melting.  You then have to prioritize and get stuff done.  Well, here I am again.  All I have tonight is a shout-out to my buddy Schoovy, who is cutting good wheat

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     Last week, I had the joy of reading diary entries from one of my mother’s uncles.  I normally don’t get into sentimental kind of stuff and I really didn’t want to read it at the time, but like a good book, once I started, I had to finish it.  This deal turned out to be way cool.  First, this diary started in the twenties, as in the 1920s.  It started pre-depression, went through

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Unemployment

Posted on June 19, 2013

     In today’s society, if a person is not doing their job properly or they have a problem attending work, you can’t just fire them.  The burden is on the employer to prove that they were a worthless employee and needed firing.  Documentation is the key word.  You give verbal warnings and then document it.  You give written warnings as to why the employee is late again and his work sucks and then have

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Monday A.M. thoughts

Posted on June 17, 2013

     We got almost an inch of rain last night.  That is a good thing.  But when you raise goats, guess what, something will have the shits today.  It rains–a goat shits itself.  It is just a matter of fact.      We photoed, clipped, and wormed a pile of wethers yesterday.  Actually, we only photoed two for the Champions Choice online sale.  But we had a good crew here helping.  I think everything

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Structure

Posted on June 16, 2013

     Regardless of species, structure should be a priority when sorting livestock.  Structural correctness, adequate bone, etc.  Some genetics/farms, you know that they may or may not have enough bone.  Other genetics have hind wheel issues, while others need to be leveler hipped or better in their chest floor.  No matter where, structure should be the first sort factor.  Square on their feet and legs, clean chested, smooth fronted, level hipped while tracking out

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Getting things done

Posted on June 13, 2013

     Braden and I headed out on an adventure Wednesday afternoon.  We ended up buying wethers and a doe kid.  It’s a good thing we took a trailer.  We then stopped and looked at buck kids that are selling next week.  Yes, I’ve seen them several times, but I like looking at good animals.  We made it back late last night, unloaded and did chores.        We got up this morning and

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Cheap

Posted on June 12, 2013

    Upon further reflection, a 20 or 30 thousand dollar wether may be cheaper than trying to raise good goats.  High priced bucks, destructive does, expensive hay & feed, limping babies, bad mothers, sore mouth, etc, etc.        Just go find the one or two that you really think are great ones, buy them then feed and show them right.  Takes less feed, facilities, fence, time, etc, than trying to raise goats.

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